Art / Design, England

One Hundred and Seventy Five

The Frieze Art Fair contains work from 175 contemporary art galleries from around the world; it was my first time but Atsuko had been in past years, and was in fact working in the VIP room this year. Wandering around together on Sunday was great and we were able to largely cover the main exhibition before the crowds became too dense.

I found two things very interesting about Frieze, the art was impressive of course, but so were the people. Visitors seriously browsing to buy were fascinating; where I was taking photos of a Damien Hirst Pharmaceutical Cabinet for example, they were trying to picture it hanging alongside their TV! The other thing that I loved was how incredibly, unbelievably bored some of the gallery staff looked, it was quite shocking.

I became slightly obsessed with repetition and pattern at the show, as most of my photographs seem to prove. Art un-curated like this, in a trade show without a calming gallery environment around it, became seriously overwhelming and by 2pm, I had had plenty enough art for one weekend… We went home, happily exhausted.

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